Nowhere are so many artificial knee joints used due to knee pain as in Germany: Between 2003 and 2009 alone the number of artificial knee joints increased by more than 50 percent. The frightening thing about it is that most operations are completely unnecessary, as a large study by the Bertelsmann Foundation has shown. Simple exercises and effective treatment are often enough to eliminate the pain – even if you have already undergone surgery or therapy.
What really helps against your knee pain – and what doesn’t?
Currently, about 20 million people in Germany suffer from knee pain, but many doctors recommend operations and therapies that have little effect: For example, arthroscopy is one of the most common procedures to treat knee pain, although several studies have shown that it has no further benefit.3)
In most cases, such therapy recommendations are accompanied by a lack of information for the patients: The false assumption that the pain in the knee was caused by the wearing joint cartilage is still frequently represented. However, the cartilage has no pain receptors at all and can therefore not be the starting point for the pain.
Artificial knee joints are also used much too often and too quickly, while other therapy options are excluded. The internationally renowned knee specialist Prof. Dr. med. Hans Pässler considers an average of three out of four recommended knee operations unnecessary.4) Studies show here that patients with artificial joints still have knee pain after the operation.5) This does not surprise us:
In almost all cases, the pain is caused by unyielding muscles and fasciae that build up strong tensions that compress and destroy the cartilage in the knee joints.
Receptors in the periosteum register the threat to cartilage and joints from this excessive tension. They transmit the information to the brain and this is where the pain develops: the brain sends so-called alarm pain to the regions threatened by wear and tear: Your knee joints. So if the muscular-fascial tensions are not normalized, the knee pain and joint wear will not stop – whether you have an artificial knee joint or not.
Our pain therapy with the Liebscher & Bracht exercises is therefore specially designed to reduce these overvoltages and enable you to lead a pain-free life again.
In the chapter “Treatment” we show you in detail how Liebscher & Bracht therapy works and how you can permanently relieve your knee pain with simple exercises.
How do you get knee pain?
Knee pain is often attributed to permanent incorrect loading, overweight, age-related cartilage wear in the knee joint or intensive sports activities. For many, this seems logical, as they notice knee pain shortly after exercise, for example. According to our 30 years of experience, however, this has nothing to do with sport itself!
Unflexible muscles and fasciae ensure that the cartilage in the knee joints is strongly compressed and wears out due to the one-sided pressure. The brain therefore sends an alarm to prevent further damage to the cartilage and the knee joint: The pain challenges us not to continue as before.
Of course, pain can also be caused by illness or accidents. If the joint is severely damaged by an accident or if synovial fluid, blood or pus accumulates in the knee joint, this can lead to swelling and severe knee pain. In our experience, however, the cause of the pain is in most cases due to overstretched muscles and fasciae.
Why do your muscles and fasciae become unyielding?
A healthy person has 656 muscles that are penetrated by fascia – the soft tissue components of connective tissue. Each time a joint is stretched or flexed, muscle parts and surrounding fasciae contract, while others give way and are stretched.
Uncompromising muscles and fasciae in the thigh:
The large thigh muscle (Musculus quadriceps femoris) consists of four muscle heads that extend beyond the knee joint and stretch it as required. If you stand up straight and bend one leg so far back that your heel touches your buttocks as much as possible, the thigh muscle at the flexed knee joint will be stretched. However, if you are standing straight in space, the muscle is in the shortest position.
Uncompromising muscles and fasciae in the lower leg:
If you are in a seated position, other fasciae and muscle groups such as the twin calf muscle become more and more rigid. The twin calf muscle also runs over the knee joint and is responsible for bending the joint. When you sit down, it is stretched and when you sit down, it is in the shortest position. So, if you sit and stand frequently, different muscles and fasciae will give way less and less and will appear shorter.